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Fund set up for local firefighter badly burned in Florida plane crash

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Patrick Schultz (Courtesy: Pelham-Batesville Fire Dept.) Patrick Schultz (Courtesy: Pelham-Batesville Fire Dept.)
Patrick Schultz (second from left) with fellow firefighters (Courtesy: Pelham-Batesville Fire Dept.) Patrick Schultz (second from left) with fellow firefighters (Courtesy: Pelham-Batesville Fire Dept.)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A fund has been set up for an Upstate firefighter who was injured in a fiery plane crash in Florida that killed three others.

Captain Scott Harris with the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department said firefighter Patrick Schultz was in extremely critical condition after being rushed to the Augusta burn center.

Schultz underwent surgery on Monday and more are expected to treat burns on over 30% of the firefighter's body, according to Harris.

The News Herald in Panama City, FL is reporting that Schultz was piloting a small plane when it crashed near the Bay and Jackson County lines around 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Harris said Schultz' mother, aunt, and nephew were killed in the crash. The newspaper reported that the victims were named Kathleen Schultz, Nancy Moore and Nicholas Hoang.

Schultz suffered third degree burns on his arms and legs, and second degree burns on his chest, back, and face, Harris said.

"I just got a text message from Pat's family that doctors said the next few weeks are going to be extremely critical," Harris said. "He'll be in the Augusta burn center for at least the next two months."

Schultz, also a licensed pilot, was in Florida on vacation, visiting family, Harris said. The plane he was flying at the time of the crash did not belong to Schultz, Harris said.

Schultz has been a firefighter with Pelham-Batesville since July 2013 and has been a volunteer firefighter with the Cowpens Fire Department for over ten years. He has a wife and two young daughters.

Schultz' fellow firefighters held a prayer service for him at the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department headquarters in Greer Monday morning, and Harris said both Pelham-Batesville and Cowpens Fire Departments were sending firefighters down to Augusta to be with Schultz and his family.

On Tuesday, Harris announced that a fund had been set up to help pay for Schultz' medical expenses and his family's needs. Donations to the Patrick Schultz Fund can be made at any First Citizens bank.

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